Lammas Harvest

Lammas Harvest

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Major events in the Celtic year are celebrated by Eight Festivals, four of which record stages of the Earth’s revolution around the Sun; Summer and Winter solstices, when the hours of daylight are at their longest and shortest, and the Spring and Autumn Equinoxes, when hours of daylight and darkness are exactly equal. Four Cross-quarter festivals fall half-way between the solar festivals and their celebration marks the start of each season,

Much imagery associated with these festivals is both spiritual and natural as the progress of the seasons reflects the life cycles of those who live on this ancient land.

If you seek them out, Earth spirits may share their joy and magic with you as you celebrate life’s mysteries within the Eight Festivals.

Amid the poppies and chamomile, young men toil to cut the wheat and barley, wielding scythes as sharp as razors. The work is hot and dusty, and thirst is slaked with John Barleycorn’s ale from the nut-brown jug. When the stooks are loaded onto the carts the last sheaf will be made into a ‘corn dolly’ to preserve its life force until the seeds are sown for a new crop next year. It is the hottest time of the year, the Celtic Sun-God, golden Lugh, shines down mercilessly burning the faces of those who venture out too long. At evening, the harvest moon is huge and red, its shadows displaying the mark of the hare; the spirit of the harvest.

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